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Zooey Deschanel

1980-01-17 Los Angeles, California, USA

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Zooey Claire Deschanel (born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, model, and singer-songwriter. She made her film debut in Mumford (1999) and next obtained a supporting role in Cameron Crowe's film Almost Famous (2000). Deschanel is known for her deadpan roles in comedy films such as The Good Girl (2002), The New Guy (2002), Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Yes Man (2008) and 500 Days of Summer (2009). She has ventured into more dramatic territory with Manic (2001), All the Real Girls (2003), Winter Passing (2005), and Bridge to Terabithia (2007). From 2011 to 2018, she played Jessica Day on the Fox sitcom New Girl, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe Award nominations. For a few years starting in 2001, Deschanel performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with actress Samantha Shelton. In 2006, Deschanel teamed up with M. Ward to form She & Him, and subsequently released their debut album, Volume One, in 2008. They have since released five albums: Volume Two, in 2010, A Very She & Him Christmas in 2011, Volume 3 in 2013, Classics in 2014, and Christmas Party in 2016. She received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media for "So Long", which was featured in the 2011 film Winnie the Pooh soundtrack. Besides singing, she plays keyboards, percussion, banjo, and ukulele. Deschanel is also a co-founder of the female-focused website HelloGiggles, which was acquired by Time, Inc. in 2015.


Harold and the Purple Crayon 2023-06-30
Dreamin’ Wild Nancy 2022-09-07
Trolls World Tour Bridget (voice) 2020-03-11
The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show Herself 2019-11-29
Trolls Holiday Bridget (voice) 2017-11-01
Trolls Bridget (voice) 2016-10-13
Brian Wilson and Friends: A Soundstage Special Event Herself 2015-10-11
Rock the Kasbah Ronnie 2015-10-22
The Driftless Area Stella 2015-04-18
Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy Narrator (voice) 2013-06-19
Ben Lee: Catch My Disease Self 2012-11-06
FOX 25th Anniversary Special Self (voice) 2012-04-22
Our Idiot Brother Natalie 2011-08-26
These Amazing Shadows Self 2011-01-22
Your Highness Belladonna 2011-04-08
(500) Days of Summer Summer Finn 2009-07-17
The Happening: Elements of a Scene Herself 2008-10-07
Yes Man Renee Allison 2008-12-09
The Happening: A Day for Night Herself 2008-10-07
Gigantic Happy 2008-09-09
Visions of 'The Happening' Herself 2008-10-07
The Happening Alma Moore 2008-06-11
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Dorothy Evans 2007-09-07
Bridge to Terabithia Ms. Edmunds 2007-02-15
Raving Katie 2007-04-29
Surf's Up Lani Aliikai (voice) 2007-06-08
The Good Life Frances 2007-01-18
The Go-Getter Kate 2007-01-22
Flakes Miss Pussy Katz 2007-01-01
Failure to Launch Kit 2006-03-10
Winter Passing Reese Holden 2006-02-07
Live Free or Die Cheryl 2006-03-11
Celebrity Mix (archive footage) 2005-01-17
Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' Self 2005-07-05
Don't Crash: The Documentary of the Making of the Movie of the Book of the Radio Series of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' Self 2005-09-05
Once Upon A Mattress Lady Larken 2005-12-18
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trillian 2005-04-28
Eulogy Kate Collins 2004-10-15
House Hunting Christy 2003-05-07
All the Real Girls Noel 2003-08-01
Whatever We Do Nikki 2003-01-16
It's Better to Be Wanted for Murder Than Not to Be Wanted at All Gas Station Girl 2003-04-01
Elf Jovie 2003-10-09
Big Trouble Jenny Herk 2002-04-05
The Good Girl Cheryl 2002-01-12
The New Guy Nora 2002-05-10
Abandon Samantha Harper 2002-10-14
Manic Tracy 2001-01-27
Almost Famous Anita Miller 2000-09-15
Mumford Nessa Watkins 1999-09-24